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Mexico makes arrests in last week's massacre of 3 women, 6 children

November 11, 2019 - 3:36pm

Mexico has made an unspecified number of arrests in last week's massacre of three women and six children of dual U.S-Mexican nationality in the north of the country, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Monday. "There have been arrests, but it's not up to us to give information," Durazo told reporters in Mexico City.

Liz Cheney Backs Barring Erdogan Bodyguards Who Assaulted Protesters from U.S. Reentry

November 11, 2019 - 3:28pm

Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) called on the State Department Monday to ban the bodyguards of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan who assaulted protesters in a 2017 incident in Washington, D.C. from reentering the U.S.In May 2017, members of the Turkish Presidential Protection Department (TPPD), Turkey's equivalent of the Secret Service, attacked pro-Kurdish protesters outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador. The assault, in which protesters and American law-enforcement officials were injured, was captured on video.In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Cheney requested that "none of the people who were in the United States with President Erdoğan in 2017 and participated in physical attacks on American citizens—including those protesting lawfully, our secret service, our diplomatic service, and our law enforcement officials—will be allowed into the United States again this week.""At least eleven people were injured throughout the day, including law enforcement personnel who every day defend Americans' constitutional rights and physical safety," Cheney wrote.The letter comes in advance of a planned White House visit by Erdogan this Wednesday.TPPD agents have a history of confrontational incidents on U.S. soil. In 2016, TPPD officers attacked journalists at a Brookings Institution event, and in 2011, they attacked U.N. security personnel at U.N. headquarters in New York.Pompeo on Monday said that President Trump will raise the topic of Turkey's recent invasion of Syria in his meeting with Erdogan."We will talk about what transpired there and how we can do our level best collectively to ensure the protection of all of those in Syria, not just the Kurds, but everyone in Syria," Pompeo told cadets at The Citadel after delivering a Veterans Day speech.

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

November 11, 2019 - 3:18pm

US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. "The pope has emphasized certain themes: Mercy, closeness to the people... a spirit of hospitality toward migrants, and dialogue with those of other cultures and religions," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio, told the bishops as they opened a three-day meeting. Pierre said the bishops should find tangible ways of showing they supported the pope's merciful message and flexible doctrine, which includes an emphasis on protecting the environment.

Conn. man charged in hotel worker's death skips hearing

November 11, 2019 - 3:07pm

A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the most recent pretrial hearing, a spokesman said Monday.

A black man was put in handcuffs after a police officer stopped him on a train platform because he was eating

November 11, 2019 - 3:06pm

Bay Area Rapid Transit police said Steve Foster, of Concord, California, violated state law by eating a sandwich on a BART station's platform.

Google Gathering Health Care Data on Millions of Americans with Secret ‘Project Nightingale’

November 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

Google has teamed up with one of the largest health care systems in the U.S. to gather the personal health care information of millions of people in 21 states, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.Named "Project Nightingale," the initiative is one of the largest efforts by Silicon Valley tech companies to enter the lucrative health care industry. Google partnered last year with Ascension, the St. Louis-based health care system that is the second largest in the U.S., to collect and crunch health care data on a massive scale.Patients and doctors have not been notified that their data is being shared.The data involved includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, as well as patient names and dates of birth. Google and Ascension are essentially collecting patients' complete personal health records. Patients and doctors have not been notified that their data is being shared.Google aims to design new software with the data that will suggest improvements in patient care directly to individual patients. Ascension, a Catholic hospital network, wants to use the data to improve patient care, mining the data to suggest additional tests for patients.According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, hospitals may share patient data with business partners without notifying patients as long as that information is "used only to help the covered entity carry out its health-care functions.”Nevertheless, several Ascension employees voiced concerns regarding the ways Google and Ascension are gathering the data, according to internal documents reviewed by the Journal. While Ascension did not immediately comment on the report, a spokesman for Google said the project is completely in line with federal law.About 150 employees across Google's platform currently have access to specific personal data collected as part of Project Nightingale.The news comes as calls to rein in big tech companies grow more popular on both sides of the political aisle, albeit for somewhat different reasons.Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) has come out strongly against the involvement of big tech companies in the Chinese market and has campaigned against perceived bias against conservatives from these companies.Meanwhile, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has threatened to break up Facebook and other social media giants if she is elected president in 2020. She has suggested Facebook might help President Trump win reelection if that would profit the company.

Cops Bust Unicorn Protesting White Supremacy at Indiana Farmer’s Market

November 11, 2019 - 1:21pm

Courtesy of The Purple Shirt BrigadeThe arrest of an inflatable purple unicorn on Saturday wasn’t even close to the strangest event to unfold at Bloomington, Indiana’s Community Farmers’ Market this year.The market was once the peaceful home of fresh vegetables and goat cheese. But after the owners of a market stall were outed as supporters of a white supremacist group, it has become the center of a fierce debate on bigotry and free speech. The controversy has led to new rules about where people can hold signs and distribute flyers in the market—and on Saturday, five anti-racist protesters were arrested for allegedly breaking those rules.The unicorn was the first to go. Dressed in an inflatable purple pony suit with a golden horn, protester Forrest Gilmore was removed from the market by two police officers, each gripping one of his purple hooves.Gilmore is part of the Purple Shirt Brigade, an activist coalition that formed this year in response to allegations of white supremacists working at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. Those allegations began after the arrest of Indiana resident Nolan Brewer for spray-painting Nazi flags on the side of a synagogue and setting off a fire outside. Brewer told authorities he was a dues-paying member of the hate group Identity Evropa, and described getting dinner with another member: Sarah Dye and her husband Douglas Mackey. Brewer also told investigators the screenname Dye used in an Identity Evropa chat room. Local activists then matched that name to Dye and a series of racist messages she posted as “Volkmom.” (Dye denies being a white supremacist, but describes herself as an “identitarian,” a term with little to no meaningful distinction from white supremacy, and which has become popular among white supremacists hoping for more mainstream acceptance.)Farmers’ Markets Have New Unwelcome Guests: FascistsActivists also connected Dye to Schooner Creek Farm, the farm she runs with her husband. The two have a stall in the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, where some local activists began distributing “Don’t Buy Veggies From Nazis” buttons this summer. The group “No Space for Hate” announced plans to protest at the market, prompting counter-protests from right-wing groups like a local “Three Percenter” militia and new rules about where and how people can express themselves in the market. One anti-Schooner Creek protester was arrested for holding a sign in front of the stall.Bloomington officials ruled this summer that Schooner Creek Farm was not breaking any rules, and that Dye and her husband had a First Amendment right to their beliefs. The protests, however, became the subject of new rules. “New signage will clearly indicate areas designated for flyering and expression and publicize market rules,” the city announced in August.On Saturday, the Purple Shirt Brigade tested those rules.“The idea was to find a way to protest directly in the market,” a spokesperson for the group told The Daily Beast. “Most of us had been protesting with No Space for Hate previously (and still are). The market had created rules earlier in the summer to ban the use of signs in the marketplace.”The group pointed to pictures of a number of recent guests with far-right ties at the Schooner Creek farm stand, including Patrick Casey, the leader of Identity Evropa (which rebranded this year as the American Identity Movement). Casey and other group members attended Unite the Right, the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.‘Whiter Every Election Cycle’: How Identity Evropa, a Far-Right Hate Group, Joined the GOPOnline, the farm stand has also received support from the right. When Dye shared pictures of protesters this summer (“violent Indiana ANTIFA terrorists at our farmers market booth today”), a commenter asked, “why didn’t anyone just shoot them?”Previously, the Purple Shirt Brigade skirted the anti-signage laws by printing their messages on T-shirts. (“Justice is what love looks like in public,” the shirts read, “Boycott Schooner Creek Farm.”) But they’ve pushed the rules in a bid to see exactly what’s allowed.“We have wanted to challenge the signage rule because we believe it's a violation of our First Amendment rights,” the spokesperson said. “One week we brought purple fans to the market (they looked like signs), and the market staff let us get away with that. However, this week we created signs with statements made by SCF supporters about us (from Facebook comments).”Protesters carrying the signs dressed up as unicorns, vikings, and Wonder Woman. Five were arrested on counts of disorderly conduct and trespassing, and issued 24-hour bans from the market area, the Bloomingtonian reported.In a video captured by the Bloomingtonian, the purple-clad protesters sang “no neo-Nazis in the market” while two unicorns argued with a police officer over exactly how they could protest.“So we can’t sing?” one unicorn asked over the sound of a guitar.“Not in here,” the officer responded. He turned to the other unicorn. “Forrest, I need you to leave as well.”Police were filmed writing the unicorn a citation shortly thereafter.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Douglas MacArthur Is One of America's Most Famous Generals. He's Also the Most Overrated

November 11, 2019 - 1:03pm

He might be one of President Trump's favorite generals, but as Hampton Sides writes, Douglas MacArthur was far from a military genius.

Is fall dead? Is this a blue norther? And other questions answered about the Arctic blast

November 11, 2019 - 12:04pm

The blast of Arctic air that's charging across the country will bring the growing season to a screeching halt across much of the central, southern and eastern U.S.

UPDATE 1-Putin, Merkel say Ukraine's Donbass should get special status - Kremlin

November 11, 2019 - 11:28am

MOSCOW/BERLIN, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Monday that Ukraine should give its separatist-led Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. It gave no further details of the leaders' discussions on the future of Donbass during a phone call, but agreement on its status would be a step towards convening a four-nation summit on ending five years of conflict in the eastern region. Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy said last month that Kiev had agreed to grant Donbass special status and let local elections go ahead there.

Briton who helped found Syria's White Helmets dies in Turkey

November 11, 2019 - 11:14am

A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organization in Syria was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officials and the group said. James Le Mesurier's body was found near his home in the Beyoglu district by worshippers on their way to a mosque, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The Istanbul governor's office said "comprehensive administrative and judicial investigations" had been initiated into Le Mesurier's death.

Poland Rebukes Netflix After ‘Terrible Mistake’ on Holocaust

November 11, 2019 - 10:49am

(Bloomberg) -- Poland’s prime minister wrote an official letter to Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings requesting that the media streaming company correct facts about the Holocaust in its “The Devil Next Door” documentary series.The European Union member lurched into the international spotlight last year after its nationalist ruling Law & Justice party outlawed the phrase “Polish death camps.” It also criminalized suggesting that the nation was complicit in the mass murder of Jews and other people by the Nazis during their occupation of the country in World War II.A Netflix spokesperson said the company is “aware of the concerns” about the show and is “urgently looking into the matter” after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote to Hastings.Morawiecki called out Netflix for what he called “a terrible mistake” in the five-part series. The show focuses on John Demjanjuk, a retired Ford Motor Co. auto mechanic who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and convicted by a German criminal court for aiding in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.The series showed a map of death camps that said they were located in Poland, using the country’s current borders.The Polish government has repeatedly pushed for commentary on the death camps to label them as being operated by the Nazis in “German-occupied Poland,” because the eastern European nation had no government of its own on its home soil after the invasion of Adolf Hitler’s forces.“Not only is the map incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps,” Morawiecki wrote, saying he believed it was an “unintentional” mistake. “Today, we still owe this truth to the victims of World War II.”Morawiecki enclosed a 1942 map in the letter, which was backed by a comment from the Auschwitz Memorial saying that “more accuracy” should have been expected from the production.(Updates with details of complaint in sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Maciej Martewicz in Warsaw at mmartewicz@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wojciech Moskwa at, Michael WinfreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Man charged in Caribbean hotel worker's death skips hearing

November 11, 2019 - 10:45am

A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the latest pretrial hearing, a spokesman said Monday. Scott Hapgood, of Darien, is worried about his safety in light of death threats, and Anguilla officials have not provided assurances that he would be allowed to return home on bond after the hearing, family spokesman Jamie Diaferia said. Anguilla officials rejected an offer for Hapgood to appear by video link for Monday's hearing, Diaferia said.

Fanged miniature 'mouse-deer' rediscovered by scientists in Vietnam

November 11, 2019 - 10:33am

A miniature deer species the size of a cat and feared to have been hunted to extinction in the 1990s has been rediscovered in Vietnam.  The silver-backed chevrotain, a deer-like species also known as the Vietnamese "mouse-deer", has a silver sheen, and is small enough to be held in one hand. The very rare species, officially known as Tragulus versicolor, was first described in 1910, based on specimens obtained near the city of Nha Trang. The last scientifically validated sighting was in 1990, when a hunter killed one and donated the specimen to scientists.  It was feared that high levels of poaching in the region may have pushed the species to the brink of extinction until a team from the Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) captured images of the animal living in the wild.  Details of the rediscovery were published in the Nature Ecology & Evolution journal yesterday/MON.  The Vietnamese mouse-deers, pictured in an unknown location in Vietnam by a camera trap. Credit: AFP An Nguyen, an associate conservation scientist for GWC and the expedition's team leader, said: "We had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised and overjoyed when we checked the camera traps and saw photographs of a chevrotain with silver flanks. "For so long this species has seemingly only existed as part of our imagination. "Discovering that it is, indeed, still out there, is the first step in ensuring we don't lose it again, and we're moving quickly now to figure out how best to protect it."    Mr Nguyen's team interviewed local hunters in three Vietnamese provinces to identify possible chevrotain sightings before setting up three camera traps for five months, resulting in 275 photos of the species. The team then set up another 29 cameras in the same area of southern Vietnam, this time recording 1,881 photographs of the chevrotain over five months.  The first photos and footage of a silver-backed chevrotain, which was last recorded more than 25 years ago Credit: AFP However the possibility of repeat sightings means it is unclear how many silver-backed chevrotains area left and there is still very little known about the species. The shy and solitary creatures weigh less than 10lbs, appear to walk on the tips of their hooves and have two tiny fangs. These are longer in males, leading researchers to believe they use them to compete for territory and mating partners. There are 10 known species of chevrotain in the world, primarily from Asia. Despite their nickname, they are neither mice nor deer, but the world's smallest ungulates - hoofed mammals.   The chevrotain weighs less than 10lb Credit: AFP A team is now setting out to learn more about the species, including the size of the remaining population and what threatens its survival. The biggest threat appears to be from wire snares, which hunters utilise to feed the demand for bushmeat in East Asia.  It is the first mammal to be rediscovered on the GWC's list of top 25 most wanted lost species and the researchers hope to use similar methods to identify other species.  The team concluded that although the species can be thought of as "rediscovered" to science, the local surveys indicate that this species has not been considered lost among the people of this region.   "We shouldn't give up on them just because we haven't seen them in a long time," said Andrew Tilker, a biologist at the GWC and a doctoral student with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany.

Now's Your Chance To Own A 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang

November 11, 2019 - 10:17am

Just in time for Veteran's Day, Non-Military personnel have the opportunity to own one of these Special Edition Mustangs for the first time!Two years ago, Military Auto Source (MAS) teamed up with Petty’s Garage to offer performance enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity – a new custom-built Warrior Edition Ford Mustang. The highly successful collaboration continued on for the 2018 model year, with a 2018 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang and F-150.These limited-edition Warrior vehicles were exclusively available only to troops deployed overseas, but due to enthusiasm from collectors, the Warrior Program has now been expanded with the unveiling of the 2019 Petty’s Garage Warrior Mustang. For the first time, you can purchase one of these incredible high-performance machines developed in recognition of our brave troops. With Veterans getting a discount of $1000 off their purchase if they buy one now. Features:*Edelbrock 2650TVS Supercharger/Whipple 3.0L Supercharger *Petty's Garage Aluminum Race Inspired Spoiler *Petty's Garage 3-Way Adjustable Coilovers*Petty's Garage Upper & Lower Mesh Grille with Billet Aluminum Badge *Petty's Garage Tail Panel Badge *Petty's Garage Windshield Banner *Petty's Garage Warrior Badging *Petty's Garage Warrior Leather Seats by Katzkin *Petty's Garage Window Etching *Petty's Garage Autographed Dash Badge *Petty's Garage Warrior Floor Mats *Petty's Garage Blue Shifter Knob *Petty's Garage I.D. Plate Petty's Garage Painted Stripe Package with Painted Lower Cladding *Petty's Garage Certificate of Authenticity *Available with Manual Transmission or Automatic*Exterior Colors Include Shadow Black, Oxford White, Ingot Silver MetallicThis is a breathtaking new opportunity! Reach the team using the contact forms here. The team will go through your options in our inventory. Veteran's get an extra $1000 discount. Go pick it up from Petty's Garage - actually meet the legend himself, Richard Petty, and have your car signed!With pre-negotiated military pricing on top of a guaranteed lowest price and warranty coverage that extends worldwide, the service MAS offers to our great warriors is already incredible, but if that’s not enough, they also offer a way to purchase a custom built and military exclusive vehicles.Don't miss out on your chance to bring one home to your garage! Start the buying process now.  Read More... * This Petty’s Garage Ford Mustang Is The Perfect Summer Muscle Car * Ultimate Road Going Richard Petty Dodge Challenger Up For Sale!

UPDATE 1-Polish far-right groups march on independence anniversary

November 11, 2019 - 9:40am

Tens of thousands of Poles took part in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to mark Polish independence, an annual event that has become a focus of friction between nationalists and liberals. Poland has become increasingly polarised since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015, calling for a revival of patriotic and Catholic values in public life and a rejection of Western liberalism. Critics say PiS, which won a second term last month with 44% of the vote, has tacitly encouraged groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements of the 1930s that organise the march, although the party denies this.

Tinder date says accused ‘suffocated her during sex’

November 11, 2019 - 9:03am

A woman who went on a Tinder date with the man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane has said she feared for her life during their sexual encounter.

Scott Walker objects to 'holiday tree' and Twitter critics let him have it

November 11, 2019 - 8:58am

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers unveiled a holiday tree in the state Capitol last week, and his predecessor did not respond well. Scott Walker and other Republicans in the state used the “holiday tree” to revive the old "War on Christmas" talking points common in right-wing circles.